Government House, Antigua and Barbuda
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Government House, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda, is the official residence as well as office of the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. It was built in the 17th Century Colonial style with Georgian architecture and extensive gardens. The residence is not open to the public.
An earlier Government House was attacked and burnt to the ground in 1710, when the unpopular governor, Colonel Daniel Parke was killed.
In was not until after 1800 that a proposal for the construction of a new Government House was slated, by Lord Londonderry. Before this the Governor had resided in rented homes. Unfortunately, this stately home fell into disrepair but today[when?], a private society (along the government) raised funds to have the building restored.
Government House, known originally as 'The Parsonage', was constructed in the latter half of the eighteenth century. It provides a dramatic record of the changing role of the Antigua and Barbuda Governor General and is an important symbol of this evolution, from early proprietary government to the time of full adult suffrage and creation of the legislative council, with an elected majority. As the needs of the Crown's representative evolved, the house went through extensive alterations. Modifications made to the building reflect its evolving role as the home of the Governor General. Once restored, the Government House complex will continue to serve as the Governor General's residence.
- Flannigan, Mrs. (1844). Antigua and the Antiguans: a full account of the colony and its inhabitants. London: Saunders and Otley. pp. 74–79.
- Flannigan, Mrs. (1844). Antigua and the Antiguans: a full account of the colony and its inhabitants. London: Saunders and Otley. p. 88.